Titel: Bleeding Heart
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Following the nail-biting suspense of her captivating debut, Sunflower, Martha Powers delivers a slick and riveting new thriller that will delight readers and mark her as a suspense writer of the highest caliber. BLEEDING HEART Recently widowed Maggie Collier and her son return to their sleepy hometown in southern Wisconsin to be closer to Jake's grandfather. The peace and quiet of her new life is suddenly shattered by the shocking murder of her father-in-law. When Maggie discovers that he had inadvertently stumbled onto the location of a kidnapped child, every citizen becomes a suspect. During her investigation, she crosses paths with Grant Holbrook, a lawyer from Chicago following a tip about his kidnapped nephew. Together, they begin to piece together disturbing clues about a monster that lives among them. In a case where the hunted becomes the hunter, they must hurry to unravel the mystery before it's too late. A page-turner from beginning to end, Bleeding Heart yanks back the cloak of a small town to reveal the horrifying -- and deadly -- secret of one of its own.Review:
With eight Regency romances and one fairly well-received mystery/thriller, 1999's Sunflower, under her belt, Martha Powers returns with her second single-mom-saving-self-and-child-from-nameless-faceless-fiend page-turner, Bleeding Heart. And that's a good thing.
Following the untimely death of her philandering husband, Maggie Collier and her 8-year old son, Jake, trade the hubbub of Chicago for the idyll that is Delbrook, Wisconsin. Idyllic, yes, until the stabbing death of Jake's beloved grandpa, George, and the anything-but-idyllic suspicion that the murderer is a close friend of George's (and everyone else in town) who will kill again to keep from being unmasked as the aforementioned fiend, The Warrior. The photos George had passed around the poker table, shot by Jake at Delbrook's Renaissance Fair, plainly showed 4-year-old Tyler McKenzie, the latest in a string of The Warrior's kidnap victims. Hence George's demise and the likelihood that Maggie and Jake could be next.
The poker-playing chief of police and most of the other townspeople are sure the murder is the work of Tully Jackson, a homeless derelict seen crouching over George just moments after his ventilation. Maggie is not convinced, however, and with the help of Tyler's uncle Grant (a handsome young lawyer who had gotten a tip that Tyler had been spotted in Delbrook) and a trusted pair of aged and eccentric citizens, Maggie and Co. go about the business of solving the crime or crimes before it's too late.
It's stock characters meets plots-r-us and, mysteriously enough, a doozy of a read. Ms. Powers keeps it flowing nicely, accessorizes her off-the-rack cast to a fare-thee-well, and does a fine job of keeping the reader paging back and forth, rechecking names, dates and alibis because, after all, no Delbrooker, upstanding or otherwise, could have conceivably committed the heinous crimes revealed. And there's the fun of it: one of them did. --Michael Hudson
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